Alexis Sanchez has made an impressive start to his Arsenal career yet there has been speculation that all is not well with the Chilean, although the truth of such suggestions is questionable at the very least.
It has been claimed that Sanchez is ‘uncomfortable’ at Arsenal given a supposed lack of support from his colleagues on the pitch, with Mesut Ozil in particular a source of frustration for the £32 million summer acquisition.
Sanchez is certainly pulling his weight having scored seven times in his 12 appearances for Arsenal, while Ozil has contributed far less frequently. But whether the lack of contribution from Ozil would really irk Sanchez remains to be seen.
In the midst of these reports about Sanchez and his Arsenal frustrations, the 25-year-old sent a tweet on Thursday of himself in celebration after scoring against Sunderland last weekend. Perhaps it was a deliberate attempt to quell the conjecture about his future.
One person not concerned about Sanchez is Gunners captain Mikel Arteta, who feels the former Barcelona player is settling well since his move to London and will continue to prove himself a valuable asset to Arsene Wenger.
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"Alexis is one of the best," Arteta told Arsenal Player.
"He’s very committed. Even in recovery sessions he wants to go outside and train to keep improving.
"It’s a different culture and language for him so he doesn’t necessarily understand what we are saying at some times but he wants to play football and I think he feels comfortable as well."
Arsenal may require Sanchez to further reinforce his importance over the coming days, with the north London club in need of victory over Burnley and Anderlecht in their next two fixtures.
Burnley visit the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon and anything other than victory could derail Arsenal’s campaign, with fourth place already looking like it will be as high as the Gunners can aim once again.
Anderlecht then travel to London for the Champions League encounter on Tuesday, and three points will be vital to Arsenal’s prospects in Europe’s premier club competition.